Divergence in social policy

Derek Birrell

in The impact of devolution on social policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422255
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303862 | DOI:
Divergence in social policy

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This chapter defines policy divergence as a category of policies and strategies where significant differences can be identified between Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England as a consequence of decisions by devolved administrations. It notes that these policies lack major innovations or totally distinct policies, but diverge in significant ways. Health structures and governance is one main example that fall in this category. Other examples of these divergent policies are education and social care. It explains that health and education are the two areas of highest expenditure in all three devolved administrations.

Keywords: social policy; health; education; social care; expenditure; devolved administrations

Chapter.  7988 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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